As a royal figure, her body was demanded back home for a befitting royal burial. Hannah knew it was time to leave with the queen’s corpse back to town to bade her final farewell, she quickly used the remaining days to make a very comfortable arrangement for queen Victoria’s son which she named ‘AKAEZE meaning the owner of the crown’ before she died.
Hannah remembered the day she gave birth, the king kept calling that day as if he knew something was going on but the doctor told him she was going through some treatment which would make her rest for long. Even though he wasn’t convinced by that excuse, he accepted until he talked to Hannah and she also gave the same reason. Hannah met with a nurse, paid her a lot to keep the baby away from any form of danger, pending the time she would be back as she found the man of her dreams.
A week later, her burial rite was over, it was indeed the most befitting burial for royalty. The king had cried his eyes out alone in the room when no one would see him. His heart was empty, his soul died when he heard the siren following the convoy has his wife’s corpse was being carried into the town. Everyone were in grief, women crying so hard and loud, young and old crying as she has impacted so many lives positively. People knew from that day, the whole town as large won’t be the same. They knew those that have always wanted to take over the throne from the king would use this opportunity to do so.
Months later things went back to normal but not fully the same as the king doesn’t have the same courage and strength to run the kingdom. Queen Victoria was his backbone, the love that arouses his strength and inner energy. The one face he sees everytime that gives him hope to wake up everyday and accept the role of being able to face the challenges of handling and ruling the kingdom. How would he move forward as everything seems so hopeless for him? On the other hand Queen Lilian didn’t push her luck too hard but she tries all she could not to replace Queen Victoria but to take the pain away which she doesn’t have any luck doing that. She was the trophy in the palace as her presence means nothing to anyone. The only thing needed from her was the son she already had for the king. The ancient believers grew more power, wings and more strength from series of unfortunate events happening in the palace as a means to take over the kingdom and run it through Lilian’s son.
Hannah knew she doesn’t have any task to take care of in the palace, she asked for permission from the king and queen Lilian to move back abroad as she already told them about the man she meant even though her heart was longing to see Akaeze so badly too. She was granted the permission to go start her life, the king blessed her and rewarded her so greatly. it hurts Hannah so much not telling the king he had a son that looked so much like him, a son that is the product of their great love but she promised Queen Victoria not to tell anyone till the crown finds him.
The king’s old age approaches faster than expected by nature as his strength was no more since the day Queen Victoria died. He just wanted to be with her on the other side, lay in peace and never depart again. The kingdom was in chaos, shattered orders, disorganized cabinets and the palace was no longer a place to seek hope for anyone in the community. Men marrying as much as they set their eyes on, all sort of unlawful acts and the funds meant for the growth of the people were channel into buy ammunition for war to fight other smaller communities and take over their possessions.
One morning Queen Lilian, chimeze (her son) and two guards decided to surprise the king on his birthday but on getting to his room, the king had already given up the ghost. The community were in another mourning. All rites for the king was carried out but before the burial of the king his son must be in some special kind of tradition acts like sleeping in the same room with his father’s corpse for a night as a honor to his coronation and respect to his father.
Queen Lilian warned his son to be careful of the ancient believers as she already found out about their intentions to rule the kingdom through his son. Chimeze never for once listened to his mother. He was too eager to be the next king thinking he has no competition and no one could stop him. Finally the king was buried while chimeze’s coronation rite started proper. He was kept in a room for seven days to receive some special type of power and authority. For days he was kept in their, his mother was very fervent in prayer and some nights she would go to Queen Victoria’s grave to ask her spirit to watch over chimeze, the entire community and herself.
The last night chimeze was suppose to spend in the hidden room of power, the seer would have to consult their gods to be sure of their decision but unfortunately the seer didn’t hear anything from the gods since the first day he was kept in the secret room.
During the coronation rites, Akaeze was having dreams just as he was young, seeing himself wearing crown and people were bowing before him. Each time he asked Hannah and her father (Hannah’s husband) if they were his real parents and if they were in any way royalty, her answer was always No. Hannah knew the time had come for Akaeze to know his root.
During the nights in the secret room, Akaeze always have a kind of connection to each day chimeze spent in there. So on the fifth day, Akaeze had another dream but this time he saw his crown on another person but it didn’t fit and instead of people bowing for this other person, he saw his people in bondage as series of unfortunate events were happening.
On the 6th day in the morning, Hannah, her husband and Akaeze were on their way to return the real heir to the throne to his rightful place as she had explained to him everything that happened. Akaeze wasn’t surprised he was royalty because his altitude was different from every young adult around. He speaks with authority, everyone listens to him, whenever he walks into a room, his presence commands peace and total attention from any around.
Back to the last night in the secret room, chimeze was already day dreaming on how he would walk, talk, command everyone and marry as much as his strength could handle on different nights. He was called forth to stand in front of the gods to take his oath and rites. As he stood in front of the appointed delegates present (just the ancient believers) awaiting for the gods to speak through the seer. The seer still didn’t hear anything and it baffles him alot. The last time such thing happened was the time of the seer’s father as the great chief priest. What could this be? He asked himself yet he couldn’t get any response despite appeasing them severally.
They decided to go ahead with the crowning and while this was going on, Akaeze on his bed in the hotel room was restless and in pains that he couldn’t explain. His head was aching badly, he couldn’t explain what was happening to him. But when they were entering into the village, Hannah heard about the on going coronation rites and the death of the king. Akaeze wasn’t concerned about the death because from the day he knew right from wrong, he had always see both his parents in his dreams.
Smith (Hannah’s husband) suggested he should be taking to the secret place of the rite but it is forbidden for women to get close let alone go inside. Hannah saw them half way, directed them and wish them good luck while she went back to pray for them. As Akaeze was getting closer to the rite arena, the gods spoke out loud and told them “the king was coming for his crown” and the whole arena was in confusion.